Hunger in America
Hunger in America 2014 is the largest, most comprehensive report ever conducted on emergency and non-emergency food distribution. This research study captures the significant connection between the economic recession in 2008 and the continuing need for food assistance. The national household food insecurity rate increased 31% from 2007 to 2008, and this rate has held steady since then. Feeding America collected quantitative and qualitative feedback from more than 60,000 clients and 32,000 partner agencies to assess the need across the nation and the programs that seek to meet that need.
The Hunger in America 2014 study was designed to provide a comprehensive profile of the extent and nature of hunger and food insecurity as experienced by people who access Feeding America's national network of charitable feeding agencies. Information was collected on clients' sociodemographic characteristics, including income and employment, benefits from SNAP and other federal or private programs, frequency of visits to emergency and non-emergency feeding sites, and satisfaction with local access to food assistance. Information obtained from provider agencies included size of programs, services provided, sources of food, and adequacy of food supplies.
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